BANGALORE: The Congress in Karnataka has decided to form three drought assessment teams led by leaders, including Opposition leaders in the Karnataka Legislature Sidharamaiah and Motamma, to undertake state-wide tours from Tuesday.
KPCC president Dr G Parameshwar said here on Sunday the teams would tour drought-affected districts and submit a report to state and Union governments as well as party’s national president Sonia Gandhi.
Stating that the new programme would be suspended till the drought assessment was over, Parameshwar said the report would be submitted to Sonia on her visit to the state on April 28.
The party would also present the report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking more funds for drought-affected regions to take up scarcity relief works, provide drinking water and arrest migration of labourers in search of livelihood.
He said while Sidharamaiah and Motamma would lead two separate teams and visit the drought-affected taluks, he would head a team to assess the situation.
“According to initial reports, the people are facing great difficulties in getting drinking water, farmers have no fodder for their cattle and the exodus of labourers from the state has become an order of the day in most part of the drought-affected districts,” he said.